Our day was filled with rest and family. Amos had time to sit in his chair and rest a little while before church this morning. I was so excited when he invited me to sit by him. We got a rest from our normal Sunday callings to go to my nephew’s ward and hear him give his homecoming talk. It was also wonderful to be able to sit by Amos in sacrament meeting and to be with our extended family all day.
My nephew’s talk was so heartfelt and instructive. He talked about all the gifts he was given in Mexico. Many of them were heavy wood and stone and he was really nervous that his bags would be too heavy for the flight home. He gave away all of his clothes except the one suit he was wearing but when he weighed his bags they were each 20lbs over the limit to allow him to get back home. He was then in a situation where he had to make decisions about what to leave behind.
He turned that experience into a parable about life and making decisions about what we need to do, who we need to help and what we need to give up to return home at the end of our lives.
He also talked about how he would often get stuck away from the city where he lived on his mission. He recognized consistent, random miracles that would help them get back to the right city before dark. There was a point in his mission were those miracles seemed to stop. They had a temporary place to stay the nights when that happened but he consistently lost the coin toss for the single mattress on the floor. He knew Heavenly Father loved him and wanted them to be able to get back but he discovered in those times, who he was is more important than where he was. He was fulfilling his destiny without reaching his destination.
He came back with such an incredible spirit and purpose to help others make it back home. Amos and I are so impressed with him and hope our son’s mission experience will strengthen him in the same way.